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Thursday, March 12, 1998 Published at 00:36 GMT


Two more charged with Poyntzpass murders
image: [ Victims of a gun attack: Damian Trainor (left) and Philip Allen ]
Victims of a gun attack: Damian Trainor (left) and Philip Allen

Two more men have been charged with the murders of lifelong friends Damien Trainor and Philip Allen, in Poyntzpass, County Armagh, last week.

The arrests came just hours after two other men appeared in court in connection with the killings.

The RUC said two more men, aged 28 and 32, would face double murder charges at a court in Banbridge, Co Down, on Thursday.

Mr Allen, 34, a Protestant, and Mr Trainor, 25, a Catholic, were shot dead when loyalist gunmen opened fire on customers at The Railway Bar on Tuesday last week.

Earlier court appearance

The two men previously arrested were remanded in custody for a fortnight after a hearing at Newry Court on Wednesday.

Ryan Robley, 28, and David Keys, 26, both from Highfield Gardens, Banbridge, County Down, did not speak during their five-minute appearance.

But the magistrate heard that both men denied murder to police.

Poyntzpass is one of the few religiously integrated villages in the province. Mr Allen was planning to marry and Mr Trainor was to have been his best man.

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